A few years ago, the protégée received a gift of her mentor’s book while working on an award-winning film. Inspired then by the man and his words, Sara Fgaier will now spend a year under the guidance of her once “distant teacher”.
Zhang Yimou has been depicting Chinese heroism for decades in his cinematic masterpieces. The mentorship gave his protégée, a gifted Palestinian director, a rare opportunity to observe as he created a new feature film – a story of sacrifice and war.
In an unprecedented act of trust and respect, the mentor invited his protégée to watch the cutting of a new feature film. This and other valuable gifts mark an extraordinary year for a young film-maker.
The 29-year-old protégé has shot his second feature under the guidance of mentor Stephen Frears. The story explores the lifestyle of the young, idle members of Peru’s upper classes.
It began with them talking movies over fish curry and wine. It ended with the certitude that they spoke the same creative language.
February 2013 Annemarie Jacir's second feature film When I Saw You recently won Best Asian Film in the Forum section at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.
January 2013 Martin Scorcese is the executive producer of The Third Side of the River currently in production in Argentina.